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The Mirror and the Light

HarperCollins Publishers | March 10, 2020 | 912 pages
'If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?' England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney... More Info
$24.99

The End of the Ocean

HarperVia | January 14, 2020 | 304 pages
From the author of the number-one international bestseller The History of Bees, a captivating story of the power of nature and the human spirit that explores the threat of a devastating worldwide drought, witnessed through the lives of a father, a daughter, and a woman who will risk her life to... More Info
$36.00

Beyond Market Dystopia

November 1, 2019 | 360 pages
How can we build a future with better health and homes, respecting people and the environment? Connecting with and going beyond classical socialist themes, each essay in this volume combines analysis of how we are living now with plans and visions for new strategic, programmatic, manifesto-oriented... More Info
$26.95

Unearthing Justice: How to Protect Your Community from the Mining Industry

October 1, 2019 | 250 pages
$40.00

Blowout

Crown | March 28, 2020 | 304 pages
Rachel Maddow's Blowout offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry. With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe-from Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guinea-exposing the greed and... More Info
$35.99

The Night Watchman

March 3, 2020 | 416 pages
Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich's grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with... More Info
$35.00

Amnesty

Scribner | February 18, 2020 | 272 pages
A riveting, suspenseful, and exuberant novel from the bestselling, Man Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger and Selection Day about a young illegal immigrant who must decide whether to report crucial information about a murder—and thereby risk deportation. Danny—formerly Dhananjaya... More Info
$25.00

The Voyage of the Yacht, Dal

Irene Tomaszewski | May 27, 2019 | 240 pages
In 1933, André Bohomolec and two friends sail his small vessel from Gdynia to Chicago for the World's Fair. That they survived the crossing, despite storms and the questionable seaworthiness of their yacht, is a wonder! This English translation will inspire future generations of young people to... More Info

Africville

HarperCollins Publishers | August 6, 2019 | 336 pages
The debut novel Africville is a richly woven story of a town settled by former slaves on the outskirts of Halifax, Nova Scotia (known as Africville), and of the Sebolt family, who settled there in the 1930s. Teenage Kath Ella Sebolt wants desperately to escape the town that she equates with... More Info
$18.95

Pierre & Paul: Avalanche!

Owlkids | March 15, 2020 | 32 pages
A bilingual adventure story featuring two friends, by Ottawa illustrator Alice Carter.  More Info
$22.95

No More Nice Girls

Walrus Books | March 3, 2020 | 352 pages
In the age of girl bosses, Beyoncé, and Black Widow, we like to tell our little girls they can be anything they want when they grow up, except they'll have to work twice as hard, be told to "play nice," and face countless double standards that curb their personal, political, and economic power.... More Info
$22.00

Losing Earth

Picador | March 3, 2020 | 224 pages
By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change—including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act... More Info
$29.95

The Skin We're In

January 9, 2020 | 320 pages
In May 2015, the cover story of Toronto Life magazine shook Canada's largest city to its core. Desmond Cole's "The Skin I'm In" exposed the racist practices of the Toronto police force, detailing the dozens of times Cole had been stopped and interrogated under the controversial practice of carding.... More Info

From the Ashes

Simon & Schuster | August 6, 2019 | 368 pages
Professor:  Jacqueline Kennelly
Course Codes:  SOCI 5805
Semester:  Winter-20
In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. If I can just make it to the next minute...then I might... More Info
$21.00

Son of a Trickster

Vintage Canada | March 13, 2018 | 336 pages
Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize: With striking originality and precision, Eden Robinson, the author of the classic Monkey Beach and winner of the Writers' Trust of Canada Fellowship, blends humour with heartbreak in this compelling coming-of-age novel. Everyday teen existence meets... More Info

We Have Always Been Here

Viking | June 4, 2019 | 240 pages
How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don't exist? Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be... More Info

The Source of Self-Regard

Vintage | January 14, 2020 | 368 pages
Here is Toni Morrison in her own words: a rich gathering of her most important essays and speeches, spanning four decades. These pages give us her searing prayer for the dead of 9/11, her Nobel lecture on the power of language, her searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., her heart-wrenching... More Info
$23.00

Little Fires Everywhere

Penguin Books | May 7, 2019 | 368 pages
Soon to be a Hulu limited series, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington! Named a Best Book of the Year by: People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads,... More Info
$34.99

Radicalized

Tor Books | March 19, 2019 | 304 pages
From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, Radicalized is four urgent SF novellas of America's present and future within one book Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, Radicalized is a timely novel comprised of four SF novellas connected by social,... More Info
$24.95

Love Lives Here

Viking | August 13, 2019 | 304 pages
An inspirational story of accepting and embracing two trans people in a family--a family who shows what's possible when you "lead with love." All Amanda Jetté Knox ever wanted was to enjoy a stable life. She never knew her biological father, and while her mother and stepfather were loving parents,... More Info
$23.95

Resilience Is Futile

March 17, 2020 | 176 pages
For over a decade, Julie Lalonde, an award-winning advocate for women's rights, kept a secret. She crisscrossed the country, denouncing violence against women and giving hundreds of media interviews along the way. Her work made national headlines for challenging universities and taking on Canada's... More Info

Events

2020 08 Apr
5:00pm

TEDxOttawaSalon: Bold & Brilliant

UPDATE:  In light of recent events regarding COVID-19 and in support of social distancing, the TEDXOttawaSalon BOLD & BRILLIANT scheduled for April 8th is being postponed to a later date TBA.